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Sehwag's attitude very frustrating - Greg Chappell

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September 27, 2012

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Greg Chappell and Virender Sehwag talk tactics during a practice session on the eve of the 6th ODI against Sri Lanka,  Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot, November 8, 2005
Greg Chappell: "Sehwag wants the prize, but has been unwilling to pay the price" Indranil Mukherjee / © AFP
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Greg Chappell has criticised Virender Sehwag's work ethic, calling him one of the great frustrations of his time as India coach. Sehwag's lackadaisical attitude threatens to squander his great god-given gift, Chappell wrote in the Hindu. Chappell coached India from 2005 to 2007, a controversial stint just after which Sehwag was dropped from the national side.

Sehwag made a stirring comeback from that low, but is currently in an extended lean patch. His last Test century came in November 2010, but outside the subcontinent that date extends back to January 2008. His fitness and fielding have been a worry for the team management, and he has played only 13 ODIs since the World Cup, with only two innings of note - the double-century and a 96 against Sri Lanka.

Sehwag was "rested" for India's second league game in World Twenty20, one of India's more complete T20 performances. That has brought Sehwag's form into focus once again. "To say that Viru was one of the great frustrations of my time with the team is an understatement," Chappell wrote. "Sadly, he continues to disappoint and is in danger of squandering his God-given talent. The person who is least likely to be fazed by all of this is Virender himself.

"What I soon learned about him was that Viru did not want to dedicate himself to taking his talent to its zenith. He was happy to turn up and play and accept what came his way. No amount of cajoling from me could shift him from his insouciant way."

Only lack of runs, according to Chappell, could make Sehwag work hard, but that wouldn't last. "This often happens to those with the greatest gift," Chappell wrote. "Because he had never had to work hard at developing such a skill, Viru did not know how to dedicate himself to disciplined training. It was only during periods of relative poor form that he was prepared to spend time getting things back on track. As soon as he made some runs he slipped back into old habits and appeared content to practise in the same old profligate way; until his form evaporated again."

Chappell also spoke of a lack of responsibility and fitness. "The other area of frustration for me was that he did not keep himself in good shape and would often be troubled by a back ailment that restricted him in the field and made him even less likely to want to put time into expanding his ability. Apart from his batting skills, he is a very talented offspin bowler and he should have been the best slip fielder in the team, but he eschewed the responsibility at every opportunity."

Chappell said not much has changed on that front. "Seven years on, nothing much has changed," he wrote. "He has worked on his fitness and appears to be in better condition, but on the evidence of his training in Australia early this year, he still practises the way he has always done and the results, unsurprisingly, are similar.

Chappell also had a dig at Sehwag's reported captaincy aspirations. "Strangely, for someone who only wants to play the game on his terms, he harbours a desire to captain his country," he wrote. "I have no doubt that he could do it for he understands the game well, but what he fails to grasp is that with the honour comes responsibility. In fact, the responsibility to show personal leadership has to come before one can earn the higher honour. He wants the prize, but has been unwilling to pay the price."

More damningly, Chappell suggested that his selfish attitude towards batting cost India matches. "The surprising thing was that when Viru got runs in 50-over cricket, India often lost," Chappell wrote. "For one thing, he seemed more concerned with his strike rate than the bigger picture. He would play shots from the first ball and not stop until he got out, which was often just when the team needed him to go on to a big score.

"Usually, if he got a start, he would get away to such a flier it would get everyone at the ground excited, including his team-mates who would then think that they should score 300 plus. Once Virender got out, the good start was often squandered by the loss of multiple wickets as others tried to maintain the frenetic run-rate and generally the game would slip away."

However, like the rest of the world, Chappell admired Sehwag's talent, and also said that the opposition will only be relieved if he plays no part in the upcoming matches. "Despite my frustrations with him during my tenure as Indian coach, I could not help but love him," Chappell wrote. "He is, after all, a loveable rogue. And he can bat better than most. In fact, he is the most gifted ball striker that I have seen…

"It is unlikely that Sehwag will ever change. It is probably too late now. But if Dhoni and the selectors have decided that enough is enough and that they have a better chance of winning the World Twenty20 without him, I reckon the Australian bowlers will breathe a little easier on Friday."

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Posted by   on (September 29, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

sehwag "great player to watch when he is in control',problem is he had his contol in 2 out of 5 matches,that remaining 3 matches is not pretty for him.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Greg Chappell? what a shame to cricket coaching. A person who was responsible to destroy the career of a player like Ganguly who was the main reason why India are the champions today, and nearly managed to put curtins on other senior players like sachin's career again comes up with his weird logic rubbish for a player like Sehwag. Your stint with indian team as a coach when india dropped to lowest, tells everyone how capable you were and are. So, NO! I don't need your views on cricket greats like viru. Go back home and coach your aussie team.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (September 28, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Greg Chappell has no idea.

Posted by VikramBanthia on (September 28, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

However his attitude may be, but for this game he should be in playing 11. He adds so much value with his power hitting up front.

Posted by rapidrover on (September 28, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

@those who support chappel.. pls try to understand that australian cricketers, captains, coaches, comenterators all were doing the same job of commenting on indian side just to make indians mentally loose the game before the pitch..!! thats thier strategy always.. @dhoni, include sehwag instead of 5 bowlers.. otherwise, be ready for the sure defeat.. coz, indian bowlers can't do anything if watson or warner fill the scorecard.. wat we can do is send sehwag at the top and let him to be storm ...

Posted by Tayadethunders on (September 28, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

i m a big zaheer nd sehwag fan...but at d moment its better for both of them to reasses their recent stints nd perform in another season....this season leave it to other boys.....

Posted by SASANK360 on (September 28, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

All of we Indians should stop critisizing Greg Chappell for what he said and start thinking in his perspective. Although the timing of these comments give us a feeling he is playing mind games, he is actually warning us at tge right time. Sehwag needs to be a lot more hard-working and take up responsibility if he wants to stay in XI. Yes he is very lathargic and he seldom uses the fitness camps and is now a liability in team. He has no seriousness and he is upbeat even when team is heading towards massive defeat. He must act fast and responsibly. Otherwise he will be a liability and eventually be axed.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

very interesting ......some points are very true about veeru paaji....if he come out all these thing he is the best....gud luck

Posted by SunnySV on (September 28, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Interesting Read! Given that Sehwag is currently out of form and willing to forgo practice sessions to regain it. Personally I think Dhoni should just go ahead with 5 bowlers and let Sehwag enjoy the match from the sidelines...

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

bt whn he scores he wil won u the match

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

I think dhoni should go with 7+4 combination today, with sehwag opening with gambhir and zaheer, irfan, bhajji and ashwin in the bowling dapartment, i think either balaji or dinda should sit out, since,they are going for plenty.....the team should be Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Ashwin, Bhajji, Irfan and Zahee...what's your opeinion???

Posted by Abhi69gupta on (September 28, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Well... Mr Chappel, agree with your point but he has played for over a decade and his records says he can destroy any bowling attack... According to you, he is not serious about the practice and you still want him not to play against Australia.... That suggests all the story..

Posted by senthil25 on (September 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Reall Frustrating for Chappell........because India produced a very good fearless batsman.............that he can hit out park of all bowlers in Australia.....nice Frustration Chapell.........Sehwag don't care U..........

Posted by johntycodes on (September 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Australian trick? First of all this particular match doesn't really mean a whole lot and secondly the tournament doesn't mean a whole lot either. We have over 20 sports pages in our paper today and only half of one is dedicated to this circus tournament.

Posted by Meety on (September 28, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@OzWally on (September 27 2012, 18:31 PM GMT) - good point. I wonder who would win a distance race between the two?

Posted by Meety on (September 28, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

@Arjun Kanjir.... on (September 28 2012, 02:06 AM GMT) - mate you really need to read up on your cricket history. Greg Chappell played cricket during the most competitive era in Test cricket. He also thrived in the Super Tests, which is almost without doubt the toughest cricket ever played. He played against the great West Indies attack, on pitches far more sporting than are currently on offer. Chappell's average was in an era where few othe batsmen averaged 50, Sehwag (top class player he is), has a 50 average where players like Samaweera averages 50. BTW - Greg Chappell never played Test cricket against genuine minnows. NZ in the era he played had Hadlee, Crowe bro's, Coney & others & were competitive. In other words no Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. I post this mainly because (whilst you are entitled to your opinion), you said "... I rate Sehwag as better batsman that Creg any day..." If you added Chappell's Super Tests to his Tests, his average would approach 60. No disrespect to Sehwag!

Posted by akshay1994 on (September 28, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

It was pretty predictable the amount of hate that Greg Chappell was going to get in this article, because people don't like actually reading the article before commenting. Despite his amazing ability, he is extremely inconsistent, and Greg Chappell has blamed that on his fitness and attitude. Now just going by what I have seen and heard, he seems to be absolutely correct, I don't know why it's so hard for people to accept.

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 28, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

For me greg chappell is a technician. But indian batsman are naturally gifted players. Not technical robot like michael hussey. Can sehwag would be better if he bench press 300lbs every day?. He can hit 500 in a day in TEST. But does he want to ? No. Because if he wants to be greater than sachin or anyone he has to hit the gym. He is like this He has his highs and Lows. At present he has low. He will hit high gear again. Everyone has cycle. All humans go through highs and lows. Sehwag highs are super high , lows are super low. Greg chappel is a bad professional coach. He lacks man management skills. He says too much negative things. Even greg is coach of australia , australia will flop. Simple reason is people do not like to be criticised even positive criticim. There are ways to make people do what you wanted to do. Some has the gift and charm and some do not. I think greg chappell talk about one people to another and created a negative politics where ever he went.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Chappell is mad guy, do not attach importance to his utterances.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Well, Mr Chappel.... Agree with some of your points but then they say, there is an exception to everything... He has played for more than a decade and you also want him not to play against Australia. That says all about his capabilities...

Posted by gpindian on (September 28, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Seriously, this chappal should shut up. He has caused enough damage to India's cricket and should atleast now stop interfering. He's probably saying all this so that Sehwag doesn't play against Australia. Google out the article where "Greg Chappell attacks Indian culture and cricket team" and then think about whether this man could ever wish well for Indian cricket...

Posted by Eeshita-XI on (September 28, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Its attack on sehwag season. Every one pouncing on him. Problem with people is if they always want more. sehwag gave it all , they want more. It is like intel IC chip release. They have ic chip that probably 1000times powerful than what they releasing now. if they release that then people ask whats next. So in order to make economical sense they follow moores law in that they release incremental speed increase. In sehwag part he should stay in crease longer. No need to score faster. But he probably do not enjoy grinding. He never followed his idol sachin style of play of accumulation. for me sehwag's problem is his lack of people skill. He says wrong thing all the time. His brain cells aligns Politically incorrect statements

Posted by Valbhipur on (September 28, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

GREG SHOULD SHUT UP.. THIS IS GRAND OLD AUSTRALIAN TRICK TO STIR THINGS UP IN THE OPPOSITION CAMP BEFORE A BIG MATCH. HE HAS CAUSED ENOUGH DAMAGE TO INDIAN CRICKET.. IT IS TIME TO GIVE HIM A LITTLE SHOVE ON THE SIDE AND JUST STOP PRINTING HIS STATEMENTS... JUST LOOK AT HIS STATUS WITH CRICKET AUSTRALIA.. EVEN THEY WON'T GIVE HIM THE TIME OF THE DAY... WHY DO WE??? SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS... BUT I M SO FRUSTRATED WITH GREG AND HIS ATTITUDE I JUST WANNA MAKE MY PRESENCE FELT...

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

Every one consider test cricket is the best form of cricket. Now lets looks at this great Chappell. Mat: 87 | Runs: 7110 | Avg: 53.86 | HS: 247 | 100s: 24. Now look at Sehwag Mat: 98 | Runs: 8306 | Avg: 50.64 | HS: 319 | 100s: 22 | SR: 82.17. Cricinfo does not have SR information for Creg. Now Creg got all this runs by training hard, so called fitness and so on. Still Sehwag is the one in elite list of players scoring 300+ and distinction of scoring it twice and almost scoring it thrice. I rate Sehwag as better batsman that Creg any day. We are also missing one more point here, though we had great bowlers in the past Warne & Murali the best spinners of test cricket came later and Sehwag played against both of them. Best pace bowlers of test cricket McGrath, Sehwag played against him as well. Fielding standards are generations apart where a best team has to have good fielding unit now a days and Sehwag scores 300+ against one of the best fielding sides with one of the best pace bowlers

Posted by Just_Pav on (September 28, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

ALSO I feel like different captaans/coaches for differnt formats lets have different commentators too. I guess it gives a chance for us to know from the best people with better knoweledge about the formats and arenas and not some GREAT test players commenting players on how to play a T20.

Posted by J._Doe on (September 28, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

This is the typical Greg Chappell! He's out with all his criticism whenevery Sehwag has a lean patch and retreats into the woodwork quickly when Sehwag is collering the bowlers! All his analytical mumbo jumbo is an excuse to get back at Sehwag, who has exposed him for the excesses and mindless experiments in his days during his tenure as India's coach! Despicable...!

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

yes i agree with chappell....2007 T20 alone sehwag contributed... 2009 ruled out of squard due to not fit...2010 not contributed...when india need him for big series like Aussie tour & English tour he not fit enough...hes showing interest in IPL even hes injured...finally sehwag dosent have dedication....sachin can added in 2012 India T20 squad unforutenly he retired himself in International T20 after he showed he can play T20 in IPL all format god sachin...

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

Its indeed a real surprise that even after a couple of years , Chappel still comments on the Indian boys rather than foccusing his job in Australia I person credibility talks for himself and not the word of mouth. Chappel may be one of the Aussie great batsman, but as a spokesperson for the game of cricket he has left lot to be desired.

Posted by L4zybugg3r on (September 28, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

Based on comments from Viru himself I would say this sounds pretty accurate, not that it is really anything different from Greg Chappell. I never understood the hate he gets, eg I seem to recall him wanting to introduce fielding standards to maybe, just maybe improve fielding performances. Then Ganguly didn't like it so Chappell was hated, hilarious. Also Chappell thought it was a good idea if Zaheer went and played county cricket and ever since then he was a much better bowler, amazing. To all the people who are saying its rubbish because he has scored India's only triple century blah blah, read the article again. He's saying Sehwag is very talented but he could be even better.

Posted by Meety on (September 27, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

There is an article on this site, that shows that whilst Sehwag's Test average is dropping, his S/Rate is increasing. This suggests to me, that Sehwag is not mentally near the top of his game. He never looks like he is dedicated to geting the big score, (despite knowing when it clicks it is awesome, read the ODI double ton). I have felt (& commented), for about 3 years, that Sehwag could decline more rapidly than the other great Indian batsmen (SRT, Dravid & VVS). The traedy of it all is, IMO it is completely avoidable. Hidden behind Sehwag's fireworks, is a rock solid, basicaly perfect defensive technique. No one remembers this, because NOBODY has seen him play a defensive stroke in about 3 years! SHOULD Sehwag decide to have a look at how Sachin has gone about his business over the 7 or 8 years, he will see the formulae that he could replicate & extend his career another 5 yrs. ATM - I think he will become a liability inside 12mths- if not already.

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 27, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

Its attack on sehwag season. Every one pouncing on him. Problem with people is if they always want more. sehwag gave it all , they want more. It is like intel IC chip release. They have ic chip that probably 1000times powerful than what they releasing now. if they release that then people ask whats next. So in order to make economical sense they follow moores law in that they release incremental speed increase. In sehwag part he should stay in crease longer. No need to score faster. But he probably do not enjoy grinding. He never followed his idol sachin style of play of accumulation. for me sehwag's problem is his lack of people skill. He says wrong thing all the time. His brain cells aligns Politically incorrect statements

Posted by vxttemp on (September 27, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

@Alexk400- From your last posting, can I say you've some venom on Sachin? Obviously a person will like the player of his style. For example, for me it is hard to like Nadal or Murray(they are defenders) but very easy to like Roger, Becker, Sampras and Novak. Same way certain people like Dravid and certain don't. But that doesn't mean they spit venom. It's just perception. I'm a sachin fan but still like Sehwag and Rohit. But if you compare the attitude of the 3, sachin has got least attitude problems(though sachin has some other issues which I'm fine with but some don't like that), but the other 2 have serious issues. Again don't tell me I'm spitting venom on these 2. In fact I'll be very happy if they succeed.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

I agree. Sehwag is wasting his talent and opportunities. He looks fat and is unfit almost 50% of the times. With his very poor fitness, it is not surprising that his fielding is poor. He has immense talents. I enjoy watching him, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj the best even more than I enjoy watching Sachin. However, it seems clear that he is not ready to do the hard yards to maintain his fitness and strength and to perform at the level he is capable of. He is getting old and with poor fitness, things will get much harder for him. His recent international record has been pathetic. If he is content playing IPL only, so be it. I think he needs to maintain some minimum fitness level required for an International athlete competing at the highest level. If not, I think it is OK to drop him, in spite of his immense talents and his glorious past record. It will be sad for his fans including me, but, it might be good for the team.

Posted by S.N.Singh on (September 27, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

MR. CHAPELL SHOULD UNDERSTAND THIS IS 20/20 AND INDIA NEED ATTACKING BATSMEN AND A PERSON TO GO AND PLAY DEFENCIVE CRICKET. INDIA HAVE KHOLI, SHARMA, DHONI, RAINA, YUVRAJ, PATHAN, HARBHAJAN AND ASHWIN. THEY ARE ALL ATTCKING PLAYERS. SO I DO NOT SEE WHY SEHWAG SHOULD BE SINGLE OUT. THIS FORMAT CRICKET NEEDS SEHWAG. IT MAY NOT BE THIS MATCH BUT OTHER MATCH SEHWAG IS DANGERIOUS. CHAPPELL HAD HIS GOOD DAYS AND IN THOSE DAYS SEHWAG WAS VERY GOOD. S.N.SINGH USA

Posted by MasterClass on (September 27, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

I'm sorry Mr. Chappell, that while your analysis of Sehwag the man may be reasonably correct, your conclusions about Sehwag the batsman are completely wrong. If there's ever a cricketer who can walk into the team just on his batting then it's Sehwag. What he needs to do when he walks to the crease is STAY there. If he stays 10 overs India cannot lose! His presence itself is enough to fry the brains of even the best bowlers (Stein for example). My only disappointment is that he needs to take calculated risks, or at the very least not so disdain the bowler as to throw away his wicket (getting out to Patel/NZ for the latest example)!! So here's to seeing Sehwag batting in the 19th & 20th over of a T20. Now which cricket fan would not dream of that? Also brings up a good point someone said about having Sehwag play down the order...it would certainly pose headaches for the opposition about how to shuffle their bowling, giving other batsmen better opportunities to score as well.

Posted by test_cricket_is_real_cricket on (September 27, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

@Alexk400: one thing i can assure you, tendulkar fans will never criticise sehwag... these are rather tendulkar haters, who are supporting chappell's argument... nobody hates sehwag, its just that he is a gamble you need to be willing to take... the problem with sehwag is he just gets a bit too casual at times and as you put it, when you play fr the crowd and the adulation, sometimes you dont play for the team...e.g. by taking all these risks, sehwag still manages to score just 10-15 more runs than tendulkar per 100 balls (and he's usually at the crease for just 30-40 balls, so effectively he only scores 4-5 runs more than tendulkar in that time)... is it really worth it ?? so anyday i would prefer the OX... P.S: greg chappell is not qualified enough to criticise sehwag or sachin... both are players much greater than him...

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (September 27, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

In the IPL Sehwag looked fitter and slimmer than what he is now. It is sad to see that he is better motivated to play for his IPL team than for his country.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

Come on Greg! Don't be the spit in his face, be the Wind in his back!!

Posted by test_cricket_is_real_cricket on (September 27, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

sehwag has never been a player in or out of form... in the middle of a lean patch, he has produced stunning innings many a times and vice versa... keeping him in the team is always a gamble and as ganguly once very rightly said: if you cannot win a match with 10 players, the 11th player is not going to make much of a difference, and so, its better to select that player who is capable of making the most difference and on any given day, that player is sehwag. period. agreed he is a double edged sword... persistance with sehwag has helped us in the past, and no one was complaining then... im sure india will NEED him at some stage of this tournament... especially since india are not going to bat first everytime, and the pressure of chasing 170-180 will get to them...

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

People like Sehwag and Irfan Pathan have been described as being lazy. Wasim Akram said Irfan didn't turn up to the nets when he offered to help him but they have been the ones to suffer. At the end of their careers both of them will be remebered as "if only they worked harder..." vs someone like SRT or Dravid who people will say "boys and girls, look up to them, people who have talent AND dedication"

Posted by OzWally on (September 27, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

Excellent article and Chappell is more complimentary of Sehwag than I would have expected. Basically admitting it was his own lack of people skills that failed to get the best out of Viru. Though funny to see the accompanying photo. Although the difference in ages has to be 20+ years, Chappell appears to be still in great shape and Sehwag looks ready for a nap on the couch.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Mr Chappal with this attitude he scored more runs than you and many of your country players. Dont have to think about India think about your team and your country.

Posted by njr1330 on (September 27, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

About 10 years ago, I went to Liverpool CC to watch Lancashire -v- Leicestershire. Leics. had a young Indian opener aged about 18. He hit 7 boundaries in the first 2 overs, and having got to 30, couldn't be bothered moving his feet and missed a straight one. It was both a glorious and frustrating 20 minutes...the player's name... Sehwag!!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

good ploy mr. chappel.. to win accolades ahead of Indo - Aussies game.. u Aussies will never change..u want to distract the attention of divert the indian team's mind. coz u know that India is the biggest hurdle in Aussies's way to win this trophy. why u waited so long to disclose it? is today an important day for u.? no coz u know that by putting this ridiculous thing upfront, u will be able to make a rift in indian dressing room.. but u just wait n watch... how India emerges out victorious.. Doesn't matter Viru plays it or now..India will thrash Aussies..

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

huh a guy who comments on attitude of sachin,dravid etc..now comments on sehwag jus before n india aus match so what should we infer from it??? i think he is tryin hard to break indian team...

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

The acceptance of Greg Chappel as a coach has lot to do with the cultural difference between Australia and India. Australia is country of hardcore outdoor activities. There favorite games like Rugby, Cricket and Beach Sports reflect that. Such fanaticism for outdoor things extends to Swimming and other disciplines as well. That country and Society demands a professional and disciplined work culture. Sadly that is not the case with India. I mean the same Ganguly who was sacked by Greg, was a big fan of Chappel till the time it was about respecting his game analysis and legend. But when that same man was made the coach the picture was different. Today people want to hear Ian Chappell on TV. simply because he is honest and straight forward in his observation. but when that same man starts observing our daily routines and start advising us for changes. we starts hating him. Therefore Indians will never understand Greg Chappell. For once he was the most staylist and remarkable

Posted by ranjeetc on (September 27, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

When Greg Chappel starts to speak the words just start piling in to the garbage. Who cares what the worst coach in History has to say !

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 27, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

There is something i see that 95% of people in the comments wants sehwag out. If same greg chappell criticised sachin , everyone will say greg chappell is stupid. I find it astonishing. This is one of the reason indians never play aggressive and they always play run accumulation mode.Because when you score fast , risks also increased. You have to be extremely gifted to score faster and more. I think most people who hate sehwag are the one who do not follow his philosophy of batting style. Insecured players always play for themself. Sehwag play for crowd and adulation. I think most indians (chinese astrology) commenting here are OX who are good in collecting things slowly and steadily not good in pressure situations. There is venom and despise on sehwag by indian fans (mostly they are sachin fans. hahaha) .

Posted by AjaySridharan on (September 27, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Did we really need a Chappell to figure this out? Every Indian cricket follower knows this, and Dhoni has made no bones about it either - "that's the way he plays". But when he is blocking out a spot for a promising youngster with better work ethics, you can't afford to have him hanging around. Guys with bad attitudes rub off on the others in the team and frustrate them.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (September 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

@joshvino, you need some cricketing knowledge first.Ask gambir to show some form first before talking about captaincyHe is performing worst than dhoni in last two years period for both odi and test formats.Check gambir average before sulking here.Being a Captain ,wicket keeper and as a batsmen dhoni done better job in this period of time.Whatever Chappell says about sehwag s 100% true and fans still live in past glory of cricketers.Its time to get real support as a team

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 27, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

I heard sandeep aptil is next chairman. Srininvasan brought another yes man. That means dhoni will be captain forseeable future.Also it sets the stage for sehwag will be dropped for sure. I am 100% sure.Dhoni philosophy is simple. You bring multi discipline to the team. For me benching sehwag is necessary because he is becoming careless with the oppurtunity he gets. He must deliver 50% of times. At present he is not scoring big runs. That said aussies can win next game pretty easy if sehwag do not play. With sehwag there is always unknown thing that it may be his day. Aussies can target all other indian batsman even kohli. Everyone have weakness. When sehwag is there , it takes pressure of all batsman , if he is not there , everyone's weakness will be magnified. I would bench zaheer and sehwag next game. Just for the fun of it whether india can win without them. That may put dhoni in cloud 9 or bring him to some sense of reality.

Posted by yogikanna on (September 27, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Very eloquently stated by Greg Chappell! I hope Viru learns some lessons from this. From what I have read, he used to be very hard worker when he was much younger, but once he became a millionaire, he slackened his hardwork. At the highest level, you cannot afford to do that especially when there are many other talented people desiring to work hard to be a part of the team. You simply cannot rest on your past laurels, and as you mature as a batsman you have to learn to put a big price on your wicket (over scoring rate like Dhoni and Sachin did). You should lead by example and use hard work to bring your talent and form to the peak. A sign of greatness which seems to be lacking in Viru is the ability to take constructive criticism and use it to learn and improve. Also when it comes to facing criticism he goes into defence and denial and chooses to point to his past glory instead of learning about present flaws. I hope he changes that and I wish him good luck!

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (September 27, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Although Greg Chappell has some valid points, there is no denying that Chappell did not have man-management skills which is essential as a coach. If he couldn't handle Sehwag well, he should consider it as his own failure as a coach. He also failed to understand that each player is different. He just wanted players to 'obey' him and follow exactly what he says. He wanted to be the headmaster and treat players as school kids. This is not how it works in international cricket. If he was a good man-manager, he would have made the players understand their shortcomings in a positive way and helped them improve. Not like "you do this or you are out", which is what Chappell did.

Posted by jasonpete on (September 27, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Posted by joshvino on (September 27 2012, 14:35 PM GMT), what rubbish.As a captain dhoni has to take some hard decision and by looking at sehwag form and rubbish bowling,India needs five bowlers to restrict the opponent to gettable target.Your comment shows as though you were part of BCCI board meeting and knows everything inside out.I am not an Indian but from an outsider I give respect to your captain dhoni who done wonders to the team in a little span of time.But some of the Indian fans just show only hatred for their team or to some individuals.Come out of this mindset and appreciate team as a whole and not some liking towards individual.

Posted by secondopinion on (September 27, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

While one can pick holes in some of the things Greg said, fact remains that Sehwag is too unconcerned with the team's needs. What has been overlooked is that Sehwag was always relying on his hand-eye coordination to overcome his lack of technique. And that gift drains out slowly as years advance. It is most unlikely that Sehwag will recpature his past top now.

Posted by SarmaBSR on (September 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Chappell's comments are not new. While his assessment of Sehwag's attitude seems accurate, I do not agree that he has let down India as Chappell suggests. Dear Professor, your universal coaching techniques will not work with everyone. Your yourself agreed that Sehwag is one of the most talented cricketers ever. Come up with ways to work with him, you were paid mostly for that. Sehwag has demonstrated that he cares for the team and he does his bit. He will not stick around for long if he is not performing or his fitness is not letting him. You cannot force him out because he is not working on his fitness too much, some folks just cannot do that, old school of thought I guess.

Folks like Sehwag / Gayle are always like that. Dravid famously said that they leave a mess when they get out after a big innings, batsmen to follow will have to deal with it, it is not Sehwag's fault. Chappell sir, you cannot have the best of both worlds from such folks, just celebrate their achievements buddy!

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 27, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

EVen though i like greg chappell frank opinion , he is wrong many accounts. One if sehwag bats and score more than 50 india always win. Shehwag plays well when he is happy. He needs happy atmosphere. Sehwag do not like criticim. Sehwag never clicked during greg chappell period because he is POOR PROFESSIONAL coach.. Greg chappell is moire of school amateur coach because thats where technique needed. You can't coach professionals on technique. Also greg chappell do not have clue on his own strength and weakness.What works for aussies do not work indias. He was spot on indian culture than always someone pull you down when you are top person. There are people gunning for dhoni's head for quiet a while. Dhoni will be done after this world cup because new selectors will be in place. Sehwag's style of play won many games for india. India came to number 1 Test because of him. But there are forces working against him now.

Posted by joshvino on (September 27, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

WoW!well done MSD and CSK and Srinivasan U left Amarnath for the sake of Dhoni captaincy!and u picked a man who is not even in the list ! Dhoni always rules! BCCI will make money and dhoni will continue to b in the team ......leave alone captaincy ! he never proved himself as test batsman ...... Playing from 2005 in tests .he never earned the name as a test player.......Clings to his captaincy to be in the team ........... The same case in T20's ......... He lives with his Best finisher(only in ODI's) Tag in T20.......... If sehwag is to be out of the team ! then you should be out of the Team , before a long time ago .A pathetic strike rate and calls him finisher........... Un necessarily wastes the ball and Creates unnecessary pressure ......If you want him as captain then what about last two T20 World cup...Leave captaincy to gambhir or kohli .Find some other keeper ..... Dont say who will fit dhoni .....Even little patel could score your runs with more than your strike rate DHONI

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 27, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

There are forces working against Sehwag batting tomorrow. I think 100% he will not play. if india do not win next game Dhoni will be hammered. It will be brave decision. Before he can always blame sehwag on bad start. if sehwag do not play , All swords will point at dhoni's head. goodluck dhoni. I think sehwag need some kick in the butt. Also i think dhoni wants to win another world cup without sehwag's help. We will see whether he can.

Posted by Nampally on (September 27, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Greg Chappel is right on!. Sehwag is one of the most talented batsmen that India has ever produced. But he has a serious "attitude" problem. His level of irresponsible shots exhibited at crucial stages is just amazing. When you are going well convert those 20's & 30's into centuries. That is what responsibility & work ethics dictate. But Sehwag always manages to get into scores >20 & then inexplicably finds a unique way of getting out!. This irresponsible attitude needs some pychological analysis. When he is going well he can destroy any bowling & is literally scourge of the bowlers. His hand -eye-feet coordination is simply unbelievable. He plays a defensive shot to a ball & the same ball will be smashed the next time. In other words if he is determined to do it - Yes, he can!.His Mental attitude is the problem& needs to be grossly adjusted to a responsible one. He needs to tell himself to stay at the crease than give away his wicket to the same ball which he can hit for a 6 or a 4!

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (September 27, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Drop Shewag and get Harbajan in. I would open with Gambhir and Rohit. Kohli and Raina should come in 3/4 depending on who gets out to keep left/right going. They 4 should be playing mtop 4, most of the balls. Dhoni at 5 and Yuvi/Shewag/Tiwary at 6, Irfan at 7, Ashwin at 8, Harbajan/Chawla at 9, Zaheer at 10 and Balaji/Dinda at 11. The only issue/consideration is that Shewag is (only) best in sub continent pitches. He might click, if there is a place to take risk at 6.

Posted by henchart on (September 27, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Chappell is spot on .Flair and flamboyance can take you to a certain distance but not the destination but dedication and application honed by constant practice certainly would. Wasted talents-Vinod Kambli,Sandeep Patil,Sadanand Vishwanath,Sivaramakrishnan,Maninder Singh and the list goes on.Sehwag has done well to be where he is but the chinks in his armour are getting wider and exposed by the day.Recent tour to Aus and Eng are examples of Sehwag not getting enough runs.He better get back to the drawing board sooner than later otherwise what would be witnessed - odd flashes of brilliance but no consistency.

Posted by freddieraghu on (September 27, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

@Nav Ratan Singh... "He(Sehwag) is the only player in the world who has three 290+ scores in tests." There is WORLD outside INDIA. And people do play CRICKET there. Sir Don Bradman scored TWO TRIPLE HUNDREDS and A 299 NOTOUT. That means three 290+ scores. Please consider it.

Posted by Raj12345 on (September 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

It is easy, we don't need Chappell note, ordinary cricket fan knows about his attitude. He has given 2nd life by Srikant and picked from there and again he is showing poor runs since last 2 years. Please forget about double hundred. This is one of irritating comments by fans. 200 is past, we have too live in present. Kohli is the only dedicator batsman in current team. I don't see any one has better attitude.

Posted by spb24 on (September 27, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Absoultely loved this article every bit.Pretty much all the feedback too reflect that.Probably "Hit & Miss Guy" title would be opt than frustration.Talented/God Gift/Can take any bowlers in the world/selfish less..are in One side.. Other side : No Clear startergy other than hitting any ball @ any cost/Does he mature by this exp "NO" /Responsibility,Accountability,Steady the innings - Out of Syllabus for him/Being in Sachin era,work ethics has to come by auto mode(Fit-less always)/No respect whatsoever to good talented bowlers/Never seen him interested in quick singles.......Huge concern is people are waiting in the wings to get a place in 11...no matter what whether its a junior or so called Senior, "Consistency will hand shake only with those who dedicate 100% for the team cause" We cant afford to live with past records in this era.Finally if viru doesnt willing to bent his back, then its serious crunch time for his slot..Lets hope our feedbacks triggers a eye opener for him.

Posted by rapidrover on (September 27, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully and many others who criticize sehwag.. pls talk using the statistics rather than simply talking non-sense.. he never played for himself.. !! y dnt u rmember sachin's 100th 100 which actually made india to loose a game.. !! i'm challeging all who wrote here, could u pls show atleast 1 such innings from sehwag in these years..??? also, take the records of all players in indian team for the last 2 yrs, except kohli, there is no one who really have big track records. then y do u all ask for only sehwag to be out of team??// ....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 27, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

I AGREE WITH CHAPELL ON THE POINT SAYING THAT VIRU DOESN'T WORK HARD & HIS FITNESS ISSUES . BUT I SEROUSLY DISAGREE WITH THE POINT SEHWAG HAS LOST ODIS FOR INDIA . I THINK CHAPELL SHOULD LOOK AT THE SEHWAG 'S ODI RECORD . WHENEVER SEHWAG HAS SCORED INDIA HAS WON . SACHIN'S RECORD IS POOR IN THAT CASE .

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

If Sehwag scored 50+ runs at the strike rate he has and even then India lost, was it his fault. Before criticizing him just consider this: 1. He is the only player in the world who has three 290+ scores in tests. No other India has scored a triple century. 2. He is the holder of highest score (219) in ODIs 3. His strike rate in tests is over 82, in ODIs over 100 and In T-20 over 150. How many all so called geniuses, maestros and master blasters can boast of such rates of strike1 4. He holds the world record of scoring 5 consecutive half centuries in T-20 matches.

Posted by upper_cut on (September 27, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

OMG...he has come back with another super shot and at the right time and he does exactly what he is best at.................. to take a dig at the indian batsman.VIRU will play and should play tomorrow as he is an impact player and if he scores ..........indians will eat you buddy.......... he always has been so................and i doubt that he will remain so......... but what a player........... if any team has to win the world cup it has to be through their top order batsman........ and for india it has to be VIRU/VIRAT AND DONT KNOW WHY BUT ROHIT SHARMA..........

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 27, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Sehwags test stats are impressive. He did fail in recent tours of aus/England but before that he has scored on tours to these countries as well as in SA.Viru is no less distructive than Gayle /

Brendon but his destructiveness has lacked consistency in T20 and 50 overs cricket. Now wether it is because he should be given licence to kill or should he betold to bat more responsibly both are

playing havoc with his mind. Either ask him to play slowly and loose his X factor or let him do what he wants and the day he clicks, game over in first 5 overs for opposition. Asking a player like him to control aggression is like asking getting a 500CC bike for your kid and then telling him promise you will never go beyond 60kph using this bike.

Posted by 777aditya on (September 27, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

One can easily relate to where Greg's coming from. It sure is exasperating that youngsters like Kohli have found their mojo and Sehwag still fumbles most times after playing a 'short and sweet' innings. Now, while such an innings is in vogue in T20s, in ODIs, application is much important, which Sehwag lacks. After being around for more than a decade, if he still cannot figure out how to build an innings, it is high time that he is shown the door. And pretty please do not say that is the way he plays.

Posted by SouthPaw on (September 27, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

@RajasekharReddy, @AmitChouhan & others: Come out of denial please! Greg Chappell is right. In fact, as the India coach, he had to contend with guys of bad work ethic like Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Munaf, Agarkar, Sehwag, etc., guys with loads of talent, but no commitment to fitness or strategy.

Posted by bdfighter1 on (September 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Chappel is 100% right as he was when coached India. India is the looser by not got the opportunity of coaching of great chappel for a long time. It surely help India and viru as well to play well outside their country. They are still fragile in batting strengh in Aust, Nz, Eng, SA pitch. And they have no quality fast bowlers.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

"The surprising thing was that when Viru got runs in 50-over cricket, India often lost," Chappell wrote.

Chappell pl look at the strike rate of Viru in ODIs

Posted by CricketMaan on (September 27, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Greg is right, but i recollect what Viru said after that match saving 150+ in Adelaide when Gary was just comming to terms with Indian Team. Gary told Viru that 'Promise me you will be 50 balls' and so did Viru..beyond 50 balls and got a 150+. Now that is man management, not just criticizing someone.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

sehwag should be dropped and when he comes to form he should be taken back into the team....

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Right observation by Chappell..always used to wonder why Sehwag has never been successful when he is so talented

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 27, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

I suspect Australia want him in the Indian batting lineup so that they can take an easy wicket. Dhoni , please do not bring Viru . Pathan is scoring that much as Viru did and that's enough.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 27, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

contd with the nature of pitches changing in aus and eng in favour of bowlers and sa has always been bowler friendly his shortcomings are being exposed. sehwag may well play a blinder in the t20 and allow his diehard fans to say i told you so he will remain as he's always been a 1 in 10 performer.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (September 27, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

It is a routine for most of us Indian fans to abuse Greg. Some of the abuse is well deserved also as there are certainly lot of unpleasant memories associated with him and India. But no one can deny the cricketing pedigree of the man. What he has said about Veeru makes a lot of sense. There are very few cricketers out there who have been gifted with such an immense talent. But it has been wrapped with leathargic work ethics and over impulse. Veeru is no less distructive then the likes of Chris Gayle and Adam Gilchrist but his destructiveness has lacked consistency in T20 and 50 overs cricket. His records in blue shirt are ordinary to say the least for a cricketer of his stature. Greg also makes very good point about his spin bowling and sleep catching which could have benefited India greatly . Veeru in recent years have been unfit on many occasions and has never been known for his athletic abilities. Greg is certainly right in his criticism of Sehwag here.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 27, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

'God-given talent' 'And he can bat better than most. In fact, he is the most gifted ball striker that I have seen…' are we taliking about the same batsman? sehwag has good hand-eye co-ordination and can at times be exciting to watch but never can he be descibed as a good batsmen. there have been many players who have these two qualities so he doesn't stand out from the crowd. his irresponsible attitude meant that with dravid coming in at one down eart in the innings india were playing 3 openers. but as usual with indian cricket it is unlikely he will br dropped for someone who understands the role of the opener is to lay the platform for the middle order / strokeplayers by seeing the shine off the new ball and and the first spell of the opening bowlers. sehwag is an overrated 1 in 10 flat track bully but sadly will continue to be picked to open until he decides to move down the order where he no doubt be an automatic choice yet again or retire.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

If Dhoni and the selectors have decided that enough is enough and that they have a better chance of winning the World Twenty20 without him, I reckon the Australian bowlers will breathe a little easier on Friday.

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But I hope OZs are not going to breathe easy this time..

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

good to the good extent and bad to the bad extent but yes thats the way he plays

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

See Shewag way is simple either i hit or you hit thats it, if it is his day no one in this world will stop him, if some of his shots went for six or four people will say unbelivable or they will say poor shot selection, but thats the way he play, but i often feel that if he takes little time in the middle just think about which shot can be played at this secenario and little bit wait and play game i think he can score more runs. if we look at gayle this what gayle is doing now a days eg he waits till malinga bowls out and go after other bowlers, this kind of strategy will more often suits this kind of batsmen....

Posted by Sakthiivel on (September 27, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Up-to some extend Chappell is correct, he is very bad at his fitness

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (September 27, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Some part of it might be true

Posted by veman on (September 27, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

True to form as Chappell talks, Yes he is talking about Australia and not India. Viru may not have the right work ethic, but i think he just woke up a sleeping giant. Australian fast bowling is not the same. Viru will take them apart with these comments. What has Chappell won as a Coach - nothing ! These comments will bite him and Australia in the butt. Without Warner and Watson Aussies are nothing. Viru has nothing to prove, he has already proven what he can do.

Posted by ooper_cut on (September 27, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Thank you Greggie, absolutely spot on with your observations. Guess the team around him is also happy to let him be like this since right now India is not dependent on him alone, there are many more strikers of the ball.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

First time ever I second Greggy.Viru said befor ODI WC that he will try to stay at the wicket for longer time.Immediately a big 100 against BD followed.But looks like that was an aberration.After that he got a supersb double hundered but nothing apart from that.Ganguly commented recently that there is no sync b/w Sehwag's statements and his mind.So true that.No doubt Ganguly is the greatest Ind captain ever.Reading player's mind is so important.Probably Eng series should be the last opportunity that selectors will be thinking off.

Posted by 100_rabh on (September 27, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

If i were Viru Sehwag, i would have gone to Greg Chappel for his advise to halt the slump in my batting form. There are very few people in world cricket who can talk as authenntically as Greg on batting in particular and cricket in General. I still think our t-20 world cup win was largely due to Greg's effort earlier with the team, espescially with the youngsters. To be honest, we need another coach like him for this young team, to stop them from developing those old habits of ignoring fitness and bringing them out of their comfort zone.

Posted by Pissu11 on (September 27, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Sehwag is a genuine match winner,modern days greatest enatrtainer. If he his not dedicated towards his game then there is no way he can play 250 ODI and 90 odd test for INDIA as a pure batsmen. India is a bating power house and it is realy tough for a batsmen to cement his place in both test and ODI as a batsmen in INDIAN team.

Posted by ashish514 on (September 27, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

IMO, it's okay if he plays the way he always does. If he makes quickfire 30-40 most of the times, he still a valuable player. And on his day he can bring that blazing century. The problem is, those quickfire 30-40's have now dried down. Which is where I think Mr. Chappell is correct to attribute it to his lacklusture approach to practice

Posted by kc69 on (September 27, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

I got to agree to the point by Mr.Chappel but at this time it looks more like a part of aussie mindgames.However i believe nobody can change Viru except for himself.

Posted by pvwadekar on (September 27, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Very interesting comments by Greg Chappell. Let is imagine for a moment that we have no animosity with Greg Chappell, then if we analyse these comments about Sehwag, then they make a lot of sense. In all the test victories abroad(read seaming conditions), it was the batting of Tendulakr, Dravid or Laxman. Sehwag is or was equally talented but because of the lack of focus or lack of hard work/ responsibility has not really used his talents to help Indian cricket. He was unfit yet still played eg England & Australia 2011. He didn't play according as the situation demanded. Finally, he still desires to play in the middle order. We are in the rebuilding phase, so middle order should be Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane and another youngsters (but not Raina, M.Tiwary). So we should not let him play in the middle order and cause disruption. He should acceprt responsibility and perform at the top or go and play T20 cricket all over the world.

Posted by jkamarnarayan on (September 27, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

its true shewag has some attitude problem, when needed the most he does not deliver. True gifted player and unique talent but some time individual miss the big picture for their personal ambitions '' shewag one of those...time has come younger generation pushing the door with utmost power,authority and dedication.

Posted by ashdan on (September 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

I feel Greg loves Indian team more than Australian(not sarcastic)..because he seems to fire up the Indians before every Ind vs Aus match..here also he fires up Sehwag who otherwise would have played lethargically..surely sehwag will score more runs in tmrws match

Posted by Edassery on (September 27, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

I completely agree with Mr.Chappell on this even though as a coach he was a failure. During his tenure, there were many people like Sehwag, Munaf, Agarkar etc who wouldn't take things seriously but just hang around in the team with occasional exploits. They were never consistent nor dedicated and committal to the team strategy. As Indians, we tend to go with our passion for those who hit hard (at times) and we make heroes out of such people even when they are not consistent as expected at the test level. And if you have huge scores against Pakistan, you are the national hero, regardless of your umpteen failures!!!

Sehwag is a hero for sure, but he could have hit 12000 test and ODI runs each by now if he was committed to the cause.

Posted by Blessington on (September 27, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

It seems very much true. Greg is right. Sewag should come down the order to play as now he comes under senior category. 30-40 runs in quick time can be done by any youngster who come into the team. India needs him in the middle order to guide the junior because he has that skill and talent as player and leader. Therefore, his presence in middle order along with yuvraj, dhoni along with kohli and rohit sharma will develop the Indian side as strong once like the FAB FIVE which manifested its glory for cricket. sewag should come down the order.

Posted by jakigui on (September 27, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

well this is completely TRUE!!!

Posted by kharidra on (September 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

The situation is really tricky ..... He succeeds with his methods and disciplining those methods amounts to curbing instinctive free stroke play. Pay the price with a few losses in order to win a few matches. But curbing stroke play is likely to cut off the very lifeline on which the batting thrives. It is probably the discipline of task masters that has caused an injury which has prevented his self unfoldment as a talented all rounder. One of fundamental mistakes is mans attempts to change Nature - be it individuals or environment around the individuals. Disciplining methods that are in tune with the natural abilities need to be pursued with such hugely talented individuals to enhance their performance but they should not be put through rigours that are at a variance with their natural inclinations. That can only lead to frustrations, harm and injury. Experience, Expertise need to be coming up with innovative ideas rather than using beaten track to bring value to exceptional talent.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Don't think there is any 'one-size-fits-all' formula in cricket. And sadly, the days of copy book crickets are long gone. Am not saying it has gone obsolete. But then, with different formats of the game and the amount of cricket being played these days, one cannot simply pick 'what is cricket'....its been demanding of late and hence the game has grown beyond many's imaginations. Back to Viru, well, one cannot remain the same with every passing year. Leave him alone to play the way he knows the best. If that does not fit into the scheme of things of the team, then it is a different story altogether. AND, I certainly don't buy any magic formula to dedication or fitness or performance for that matter. Greg, u may be right, but then there is a word that starts with E....exception!! chill and cheers

Posted by nixy444 on (September 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

mr chappel's comments have often been rude and harsh against some of the greatest players that stepped on the cricket playing field, amazingly yet, he is right in this article of his, virender sehwag simply does not give his 100 % there are a few instances where he has pulled of a spectacular catch or batted responsibly. his criteria when he steps onto the field seems to be different comparitively a pathan or an ashwin. they put in their efforts and it is shown.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Thanks for the expet comments...but there is some amount of truth in what chapell says in his gospel

Posted by Nipaos on (September 27, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

God save ozzies now...Greg might have provoked the sleeping tiger:D

Posted by gocool_here on (September 27, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

I agree.. He is selfish...Remember the way he wasted the third umpire reviews in worldcup matches (including the Final) in WC2011 without even consulting the non-striker?

Posted by chidrup on (September 27, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Typical mind game set by mr. chappel before a game against aussi.. ;).. no more surprise.. but will love to see a fire inning of viru against aussis.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Greg Chappel may be playing mind games before India-Australia match.This may be the strategy. The timing of his comments create suspicion. At the same time, what ever he has said is correct. Viru has not grown/matured as a cricketer.He commits the same mistakes which he was committing in his early days.His fitness has also been always under scanner.His communication skills are very poor which is an important trait of leader. he would not prove to be an effective leader. Aggression in batting does not mean that you become irresponsible in playing shots. Adam Gilchrist, Brian Lara are also aggressive batsmen but they know how to protect their wicket.

Posted by joseyesu on (September 27, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Could be TRUE,,,but i don't remember any, where he scored and the TEAM lost. Most of the test matches were won because of the pace at which he accelerates on.

Posted by vicky_ibm on (September 27, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Chappell has his rights to comment .. But why is that these Aussies make such controversial statements before a important match.. Sadly these dirty mind games will not bother India anymore.. ! Come up with some better ideas ..

Posted by arunrg on (September 27, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Observation is spot on! Among the present bunch, apart from Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Harbajan, though immensely talented, appear to have a lazy attitude. Thanks to the bureaucracy in Indian cricket, several former cricketers have gotten away with it. To name a few, Kris Srikanth, Dilip Vengsekar, Kiran More, Nayan Mogia, Md Azharuzin..

Posted by MHasnainK on (September 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

I'm sure that BCCI regrets appointing Greg Chappell as a coach. He's said some very negative things about Indian cricket, and at times even about India in general. Having said that, these comments regarding Sehwag aren't negative. I think that if he really believes that Sehwag tends to shrug responsibilities, then he's right to say so in public. I hope that Sehwag learns from whatever he's said and doesn't take it personally.

Posted by kamesh. on (September 27, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

For the first time i have seen one good thing from Mr Chappel. I agree Viru always throws away this wicket even when team required him to stay in midle. For this he termed it as " Team wanted in this way". We all know about his captancy aspirations after Dravid. But rightly said he should take responsibility first rather captancy. It is the right time for Viru to check back where he wants to go from here.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Greg Chappel is the worst thing happended to Indian cricket! if with such attitute someone can score in ODI (218) and 3 highest indian score for india in test, than i would like to have the same in my playing 11

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Chappel just want to be in news so coming up with controversial statements like this.If sehwag had attitude problems during his tenure then its actually his failure of not correcting that.CA also realised that Chappel is a failure as coach...

Posted by hasanastic on (September 27, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Lets talk about Shane Warne Mr. Chappell...he was never a fit looking guy but was a great bowler...he too was surrounded by controversy most times...so..

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 27, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Somewhat true. Viru is not the same guy who he was. He loves to play shots but never he was a rash stroke player. These days, in the name of dominating the bowlers, he is making a mockery of his talent. Old days, If he maintains composure, a sure 100 if not, a quick 30-40 momentum seizing runs. These days, on his good day, a lucky 30-40 else a walking wicket. He is no more a reliable option but a lottery one where his runs are a bonus to the team. He need to have a rethink on his own and formulate a way to come out of his bad attitude developed.

Posted by KarachiKid on (September 27, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

But I think even in his current form and record, he is amongst the modern day greats. Not an iota of doubt here. He puverises opposition bowling when he gets going. Pakistan bowlers carry massive scars from his thrashing. Saqlain Mushtaq's career ended when Sehwag scored 307 in Pakistan in 2004 series. So to me he is too good the way he is...

Posted by NikJo on (September 27, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

For once, I agree with Greg Chappell on Sehwag. Sehwag really needs to take things a lil seriously... we all know what he can do.... mind u hez India's only triple centurion..... that too twice !! so ofcourse hes somebody special... just that he needs to take things seriously..... coz we all adore him when hez at his best !

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

I'm afraid I think this is probably true.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Sehwag's scores of 30-40 are also very vital for the team because of the manner in which he scores. Chappells and Husseys should stop their cheap mind games before the important India-Australia match!

Posted by analyseabhishek on (September 27, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Anyone who has been following Indian Cricket in general and Sehwag in particular would know that Greg is absolutely spot on. In international cricket, once you start resting on your laurels, other players quickly figure you out. This is the reason Sachin tendulkar's longevity is so amazing and the same reason why talented players like Sehwag or Ganguly often struggled. On the other hand, slightly less gifted but incredibly hard working and thinking cricketers Dravid and Kumble ended up their careers as legends.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (September 27, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

I did not know this. But i certainly thought shewag was a great spinner. Through out the time i often underestimated him as a cricketer because of lean periods separated by sporadic knocks. Now i know why, waste of good talent. No wonder India often under perform to it's true potential after being one of the largest countries in the world.

Posted by christened on (September 27, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Here flies the message from Colombo to Sydney...... Mr.Chappel commences MIND GAMES on the behalf of Australian players on the eve of big clash......

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

No Sehwag, no cup........................ :)

Posted by thegoogly on (September 27, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Just wondering why is that Mr Greg couldn't resist himself from talking about Indian players. Is there no one worthy of his comments in Australia!!! Moreover whenever he talks abt Indian players very seldom do i see any positive/constructive insight. Dear Mr Chappel - Please keep your views to yourself or limit it to Auzzies.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (September 27, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

I agree with Greg Chappell

Posted by prakash_mishra on (September 27, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

I strongly feel its not same Sehwag any more who used to hammer bowlers all around the park.He has lost that strong hand eye co-ordination and is so vulnerable these days that pace bowlers fancy his wicket.This brings whole of the batting line up under pressure.Its bit unfortunate for team India but then we have to move on with this and find a replacement.May be we can fiddle him in the middle order for a while and see if something works out there but then that too won't help much as far as i suppose.Team India cannot wait match per match for Sehwag to find his rhythm.Its true that even if he bats for 7-8 overs in a T20 match he can put pressure on opposition,but then god knows when is that going to happen.If an average bowler like Shapoor Zardan can find his edge after beating him outside off thrice then imagine how Morkel,Steyn,Cummins,Gul etc will be able to quiet hime early on.Sehwag needs to be rested or may be even asked to retire from all forms of cricket.Feel sorry to say this.

Posted by sprajwal on (September 27, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

After reading this article, i think my opinion about sehwag is correct!!! Hmmmm i loved his batting when he score runs but hated when he got out playing some insensible shots with out thinking of team needs!!! Great talent persists with greater hardwork!!!

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Main thrust of article is to throw a spanner in the works. Confuse selection for Oz game. Shewag should be in. The three spinners and Pathan get the nod. We should go in with spin - as the games played on the same ground which favours spin.

Posted by Adeel9 on (September 27, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

I'm not really surprised and have no trouble accepting what Chappel suggests. A lot of people with natural talent don't have good work ethics.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (September 27, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

A beautiful piece on Viru. Chappell was a good coach and really understood everyone in the team. The sad part is that Indians did not appreciate the Chappell way.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Mr.Chappel your views on our cricket players is not required.U were not sent out of INdia but u were thrown out so please have some shame and donot speak or write articles on indian players

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

This thought has enlightened him one day before India-Australia Match. Grow up Greg we all know who's attitude is more frustrating.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

For the most pooints, I think Chappel is right at this time, Sehwag is a great player but is irresponsible, However he had the dedication and responsibility during our 2011 WCUP which was nice, he needs to be determined like that, if so, it will be unstoppable .... :)

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